Directed by: C. Chaplin
Writing credits: C.Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman
Running time: 96 mins.
The Gold Rush (1925/1942):
2 Flutes (2nd dbl.Piccolo)
1 Oboe (dbl. English Horn)
3 Clarinets (3rd dbl. Bass-clarinet)
Piano (dbl. Celeste)
Accordion (ad libitum)
This score contains what I like most about Chaplin’s writing. It is so terribly free, and to my ears, one of his deepest and darkest scores. It also speaks volumes about where Chaplin was as a composer in 1942. He had written the score to The Great Dictator two years earlier, and wasn’t composing Mr. Verdoux for another five. One can only assume that without the pressure of looming deadline, to a film composer such time allotment is more than an inducement to detail and finesse. And this score is symptomatic of what a composer can do when given the time...
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